On one of my trips to Paris I took the shot below. I loved the window boxes, the lace curtains, geraniums and petunias, and the Paris street sign.
I haven’t uploaded it to the blog before because my current photographer self can only see the flaws. If only I’d raised the camera to include the entire street sign! I was shooting film and thought I knew what I was doing. Nowadays it’s awesome to see what you’re shooting instantly.
Let this be a teaching moment. Take your time framing shots and make sure you’ve focused on the right spaces. Sometimes it’s OK and actually better to leave stuff out, especially with food photography. But a scene like this needs more symmetry. The space above the sign should be more equal to the space below the window box. No one cares about a white wall. The equipment in the upper left corner can be easily removed with Photoshop, but that doesn’t bother me nearly as much as the cut-off sign.
I’ve decided to paint this one day so I can “fix” it. No, I don’t have OCD, but I’ve acquired higher standards since I started taking photography seriously. I’ve also had a lot more practice. 🙂
Hope your week’s going well so far.